Drew O’Leary

 

Date of Interview: April 26, 2020

Interview Location: Iowa (recorded remotely)

Pronouns: he/him

Place of Birth: Cleveland, OH

Birth Year: 1982

Occupation: US Air Force, registered nurse, LGBT veteran care coordinator

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: Drew talks about growing up in Iowa, coming out while working as a nurse in VA hospitals, providing LGBT-related services to veterans and his experiences dating gay men.

Sr. Clara CumPassionata/Joshua Carpenter Brown

 

Date of Interview: April 23, 2020

Interview Location: Newton, IA (recorded remotely)

Pronouns: she/her

Place of Birth: Peoria, IL

Birth Year: 1956

Occupation: substance abuse counselor, performance artist (Sister of Perpetual Indulgence)

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: Sr. Clara talks about her involvement in the Peoria, IL drag scene in the 1970s, RFD magazine, her introduction to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at Short Mountain Sanctuary in TN and her experiences creating community from a farmhouse in Newton, IA.

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Terry Lowman

Terry (left) with his husband Mark Kassis shortly after their marriage in Ames in 2007

Date of Interview: May 6, 2019

Interview Location: Ames, IA

Pronouns: he/him/his

Place of Birth: Ames, IA

Birth Year: 1947

Occupation: retired restaurateur

Interviewer: Cassidy Christiansen

Summary: Terry describes his life growing up in Ames, his initial marriage to his wife with whom he had two children (who now both identify as LGBT as well), coming out in his late 20’s and subsequent divorce. His husband of 40 plus years, Mark, occasionally adds commentary as Terry discusses adopting two children with Mark in 1990, their various enterprises, and experiences together. Terry also talks about his activism, particularly within his church, the Unitarian Universalist congregations in Ames and in Des Moines. Content Warning: mentions of suicide and death. 

 

Loren Olsen

 

Date of Interview: April 20, 2019

Interview Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Interviewer: Cassidy Christiansen

Summary: Psychiatrist and author Loren Olsen MD describes his life growing up in rural Nebraska, his time in the Navy, marrying and then divorcing his wife with whom he had two children, his coming out in his 40’s and partnership with his husband Doug, whom he married in Iowa in 2009. (Check out his personal website and autobiography at www.lorenaolson.com!)